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Christmas in the Hoop

Create quick, easy and elegant last-minute holiday gifts with Sweet Pea’s Martyn Smith.

You’ll learn how to make in-the-hoop holiday gift tags that are easily personalized and do double duty as an ornament. Also learn how to create freestanding lace ornaments to gift or hang on a tree. Make several and string them across a mantle as a pretty garland!


In-the-hoop machine embroidery ensures perfect results every time. These gift tags are easily created with minimal fabric and you can create several assembly-line style to gift to everyone on your list. Three festive styles are included and are all made in a 4x4 hoop.


Freestanding lace is a beautiful technique that results in a lovely adornment for the holidays. This ornament can be made in a 4x4, 5x5 and 6x6 hoop and is finished entirely in one hooping. You’ll see how easy it is to create these lasting heirlooms for your friends and family! 


  • What is an in-the-hoop (ITH) project?
  • How to use water-soluble stabilizers for flawless results
  • What is freestanding lace (FSL)?
  • Project inspiration & gift ideas